From The Dean

  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • From The Dean

I need to correct some information that I shared in last week’s E-News column. I mentioned that we’d be able to award four scholarships to our students on Giving Hearts Day. It turns out that statement was incorrect—we actually were able to award not four but five scholarships, thanks to the fantastic support of Dakota Medical Foundation and our numerous friends and donors. The five winners of the UND SMHS Giving Hearts Day Scholarships, each valued at $12,500, and the donor associated with each scholarship, are as follows:

  • Hannah Fiser, a second-year occupational therapy student from Palmer Lake, Colo., winner of the Drs. Don and Mary Ann Sens Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Brett Johnson, a second-year medical student from Fargo, N.D., winner of the Drs. Laura and Corey Kroetsch Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Erica Nelson, a second-year medical student from Fargo, N.D., winner of the Dr. David and Lola Rognlie Monson Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Michelle Sanders, a third-year physical therapy student from Brooten, Minn., winner of the Lunn Family Giving Hearts Scholarship
  • Shelby Wassink, a second-year occupational therapy student from Hastings, Minn., winner of the Colin and Kumi Combs Giving Hearts Scholarship

And speaking of winners, this past Wednesday the UND University Letter (a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff) announced the winners of various awards that will be conferred at UND’s 2018 Founders Day banquet to be held next Thursday, Feb. 22. I am delighted to report that the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Award for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence will be awarded to Sarah Nielsen, associate professor of Occupational Therapy, and the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research will be awarded to Colin Combs, professor and chair of Biomedical Sciences, both at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Equally impressive is that the UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Research will be awarded to the School’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. What wonderful accomplishments for our research enterprise, both for Colin individually and for departmental faculty members, staff, and students as well! I hope you will be able to attend this year’s Founders Day dinner to congratulate Drs. Nielsen and Combs and the Biomedical Sciences Department. The Founders Day celebration marks the 135th anniversary of the signing of the Dakota Territory legislation that established the University of North Dakota and is the official birthday of UND. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m. and the banquet at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. If you don’t yet have a ticket for the event, you may be able to get one by going online here. Tickets for the Founders Day banquet are $25 each and must be purchased by noon today, February 16. I hope to see you there!

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences